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Trailers from Hell: Jack Hill on Gritty Drag-Racing Saga 'Pit Stop'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood November 14, 2013 at 1:15PM

Carquake! continues at Trailers from Hell with filmmaker Jack Hill introducing "Pit Stop," one of his most belatedly popular movies, which took several years to make it to the drive-ins, largely because it was shot in black-and-white.
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Brian Donlevy in 'Pit Stop'
Brian Donlevy in 'Pit Stop'

Carquake! continues at Trailers from Hell with filmmaker Jack Hill introducing "Pit Stop," one of his most belatedly popular movies, which took several years to make it to the drive-ins, largely because it was shot in black-and-white. Filmed under the title The Winner, it’s a gritty, no-frills drag racing saga set around the dangerous Figure Eight Races, which seem designed to promote crowd-pleasing car crashes. Veteran character actor Brian Donlevy’s final film and Ellen Burstyn’s first (under the name Ellen McRea).

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.